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        airview of R.K.O. Studios lot in Culver City, CA circa 1930 (now The Culver Studios)            on this page:

Modern Mini-Major Studios
Amazon Studios • Amblin • C.B.S. •
E.M.G. • Europa • Halcyon • Imagine • Liberty MediaLions GateMiramaxPicturehouseRelativityWeinstein

Historic Studios A-Z
including A.I.P., American Vitagraph, Biograph, Cannon, Culver, Essanay, First National, Fleischer Animation, Samuel Goldwyn, Hammer Films, Ince, Keystone, Monogram, Orion, Republic, R.K.O., Hal Roach & Selznick

Foreign Studio Facilities

Major Studios {on Page One}
There were (in the Old Days) traditionally seven Major Studios in Hollywood:
Columbia (now Sony), Disney, Fox (now News Corp.), M.G.M.,
Paramount (now Viacom), Universal (now Comcast), and Warner Bros.

Universal • N.B.C. • Focus
Viacom • Paramount • DreamWorks
News Corp. • Fox
Sony Pictures • Columbia • Screen Gems • TriStar
M.G.M. • United Artists
Disney • A.B.C. • Buena Vista • Pixar • Touchstone
Warner Bros. • Castle Rock • New Line • Turner

general bookslinks



Modern  Mini-Major  Film  Studios

Amazon  Studios [est. 11/2010]
Announced November 2010; see 3-minute video on the Getting Started Page.
Amazon Studios has a 'first look' deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

logo for Amazon Studios [est. 11/2010] on black          logo for Amazon Studios partner Warner Brothers

Amazon Studios official website • still no entry at Wikipedia {4/2012}

Upload of full script or feature-length 'test movie' entries are free, but require a signed legal
document giving Amazon Studios a non-exclusive 18-month option on the material

each Monthly Contest will allocate $150,000 in awards
$100,000 award for Best Movie
two $20,000 awards for Best Script
one $10,000 award for Best Table Read

added Bonus Script Contest - deadline 31 December 2010
two $20,000 awards for Best Script
my script "El Tigrón: An Urban Action Adventure" was not a finalist
{ entries of December still/also placed in first January 2011 contest }
finalists & winners for January 2011
my script "El Tigrón: An Urban Action Adventure" was not a finalist
finalists & winners for February 2011
my script "El Tigrón: An Urban Action Adventure" was not a finalist
finalists & winners for March 2011

added Contest: $20,000 Best Photo Storyboard Award - deadline 31 March 2011
added Contest: $25,000 Best Drawn Storyboard Award - deadline 30 April 2011

finalists & winners for April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011
September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011

2011 Annual Contest will allocate $1.1 million in awards
$1,000,000 award for Best Movie & $100,000 award for Best Script
Annual Contest deadline: 31 December 2011; finalists announced on
24 January 2012; winners announced 7 February 2012
2011 Annual Contest details & winners

January 2012 contest {deadline 1/31}
TrailerFest Weekly Awards contests during January & February
February 2012 contest {deadline 2/29}
contests for 2012 seem to be only Best Dialogue Track & Best Actor

NEW TERMS & RULES announced April 2012
Each new submission can be either public or private; signed contract gives Amazon Studios & partner Warner Bros. a
45-day exclusive window; each film may be added to the Development Slate (and paid $10,000) or to the Consider List
for more work. The following 18-month exclusive window includes possible 'green light' for production of the film;
the writer/s will receive payment of $200,000 (with terms for additional money if the project is a box-office hit).

EPISODIC TELEVISION SUBMISSIONS announced May 2012
Amazon Studios is now seeking submissions of episodic series proposals, especially children's & comedy ideas.
Amazon Studios is also awarding up to $7,000 for the best 10- to 60-second promo video for any publicly-submitted
TV series proposal.


Amblin  Entertainment
Founded in 1982 by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall; the company
is based at Universal and produces films that are distributed by other companies.

Amblin Entertainment bicycle logo
Amblin Entertainment entry at Wikipedia
Amblin has no website


C.B.S.  Corp.
C.B.S. Television
C.B.S. Radio
Paramount Parks
Simon & Schuster

CBS Reflections in a Bloodshot Eye book by Robert Metz  "C.B.S.: Reflections In A Bloodshot Eye" [1975]
by {C.B.S. historian} Robert Metz

Playboy Press mass pb [1975] out of print/many used
Penguin/Signet mass pb [8/76] out of print/used
Playboy Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1975] out of print/used
CBS First 50 Years   "C.B.S.: The First 50 Years" [1998]
by Tony Chiu

Stoddart 11¾x10 hardcover [5/98] out of print/used


Roger  Corman's  Companies

Magic Lantern's Roger Corman Page

Roger Corman Page / Corman's Companies Section
A.I.P. (American International Pictures)
Filmgroup [1959-62] co-founded with his brother Gene
New World Pictures [founded 1970, sold 1983]
Concorde Pictures [founded 1983] became Concorde-New Horizons video distribution
New Concorde [C.N.H. renamed in 2000]
New Horizons Pictures Corp. [1983 to present]


D.F. Indie Studios
DF Indie Studios was established in 2007 by New York corporate restructuring experts Mary Dickinson and Charlene Fisher to fill the huge vacuum in the independent film market caused by the closing of specialty divisions at the major studios and by the difficulty in obtaining credit during the looming Recession; the company has distribution guarantees already in place at the official launch in June 2009.

logo for DF Indie Studios [launched 6/2009]
DF Indie Studios official website
no entry {yet} at Wikipedia


Exclusive Media Group
Exclusive Media Group was formed in May 2008, as part of a Dutch holding company. E.M.G. includes Los Angeles-based production company Spitfire Pictures [est. 2003], London-based production company Hammer Films [est. 1934, dormant since 1980, purchased in May 2007], and the distribution & marketing division Exclusive Film Distribution [est. 2008].

logo for Spitfire Pictures [est. 2003] of Hollywood, division of Exclusive Media Group [launched May 2008]      logo for Hammer Films [est. 1934] of London, U.K., division of Exclusive Media Group [launched May 2008]      logo for Exclusive Film Distribution [est. 2008] of London, U.K., division of Exclusive Media Group [launched May 2008]
Spitfire Pictures official website
Hammer Films: entry belowofficial websiteWikipedia
Exclusive Film Distribution official website


The Halcyon Company
Established in May 2007 by Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek to encompass games and movies based on the "Terminator" franchise,
with planned expansion into development, production & financing of other films, games & intellectual property.


The Halcyon Company official website
The Halcyon Company entry at IMDb
The Halcyon Company entry at Wikipedia

not to be confused with:
Halcyon Pictures [est. 2001] of London, U.K
which renamed itself Unanimous Pictures in October 2008
new official websitecompany entry at IMDb
Halcyon Intl. Pictures [est. 2006] of Las Vegas, Nevada
official websitecompany entry at IMDb


Imagine  Entertainment


Liberty Media
Liberty Media Corp. is owned by cable television baron Dr. John C. Malone, and is comprised of three separate stocks. Liberty Interactive Group includes the Q.V.C. [est. 1986, purchased 2003] & Q2 home shopping networks. Liberty Entertainment [est. 2008] includes the Starz and Encore entertainment channels, Liberty Sports Holdings, and half interests in DirecTV satellite television [est. 1985] and the Game Show Network [est. 1994]. Liberty Capital is below. In April 2010, Malone & family converted their 24% ownership in DirecTV to common stock, leaving them with a 3% share (and Liberty Media with 33% interest). In June 2011, Liberty Media offered roughly $1 billion for struggling Barnes & Noble.

Liberty Media Corp.    Starz entertainment channel [est. 2006]
Liberty Media official websiteLiberty Media entry at Wikipedia
Starz [est. 1994] official websiteStarz entry at Wikipedia

Liberty  Capital
Originally included the Atlanta Braves baseball team [est. 1912], Starz Media, Anchor Bay Entertainment [est. 1985], Overture Films [est. 2006], a 50% stake in Court TV (sold in 2006), a 67% interest in MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and the Starz Animation studio in Canada. Liberty sold off parts of Overture Films to Relativity Media in Summer 2010, and then sold a 25% stake in Starz Media to The Weinstein Co. in January 2011.


Lionsgate  Entertainment  Corp.
Founded in 1976 in Vancouver, BC Canada as Lions Gate Entertainment by director Robert Altman [1925-2006], who sold the company in 1981; a Vancouver banker gained control in 1996 and began buying up studio facilities & production support companies, and producing independent films; sold to experienced TV & film exec Jon Feltheimer, the studio expanded its library to 7,800 titles by purchasing small companies such as Trimark Pictures (in 2000) & Artisan (in 2003); in 2006, the company sold its Canada studio facility (now called North Shore/-Mammoth), and announced plans to build a new studio in Rio Rancho, New Mexico {fell thru 11/2008}; the company also has a television division, recently launched a record label, and is based in Santa Monica, California. In March of 2010, mega-investor Carl Icahn filed papers for an unsolicited offer to raise his stake in LionsGate from 19% to 29.9% – potentially making him the largest shareholder; by August, he had accumulated a 33.2% stake in the company, just prior to the company's annual meeting in September in Toronto. But by October, Icahn gave up his plan and sold all but 1% of his LionsGate shares – that assault is now over.
In June 2011, LionsGate sold its Canadian distribution division Maple Pictures to Canadian producer Alliance Films: Goldman Sachs owns the majority of Alliance.

previous Lions Gate Ent. of Canada logo
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

TV Guide [est. 1953]
LionsGate purchased TV Guide Magazine & the TV Guide Network [est. 1991] in 2009.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Summit Entertainment [est. 1991]
In January 2012, LionsGate purchased Summit Entertainment in a $412.5 million leveraged takeover; Summit produced
the mega-success "Twilight Saga" vampire films and now Lionsgate owns those rights; Summit execs Rob Friedman &
Patrick Wachsberger were named co-chairs of LionsGate Motion Picture Group.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Pantelion Films [est. 9/2010]
Joint venture of LionsGate and Mexico's giant Grupo Televisa for production of feature films, based in
Santa Monica, California. LionsGate & Televisa announced in January 2012 that they are forming a television
programming & development partnership as well.

Pantelion Films red logo
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


Miramax  Film  Corp.
Founded in 1979 by brothers Harvey & Bob Weinstein in Buffalo, New York to distribute (and later, to produce or acquire) independent & foreign films for the U.S. market; the company was financially successful, and Walt Disney Pictures paid $70 million for it in 1993; the Weinstein brothers left in September 2005, and soon formed a new independent company, The Weinstein Company. Then in 2010, Disney put Miramax up for sale; major bidders as-of April included the Weinstein Brothers (buying it back for up to $700 million!); Disney finally sold off Miramax Films and its 611-picture library in December 2010, with Filmyard Holdings paying a total of $663 million. In February 2011, Miramax announced deals with LionsGate, Studio Canal, and Echo Bridge to distribute the Miramax library on DVD & Blu-ray.

Miramax Film Corp. logo
Miramax official websiteMiramax entry at Wikipedia


Nu Image Films logo
Nu Image Films [est. 1992]
Nu Image Films was founded in 1992 and mostly makes action-oriented B-movies; Nu Image formed the distribution subsidiary Millennium Entertainment in 1996;
Nu Image bought First Look Studios in 2007, which ceased operations in 2010. 'Global headquarters' is on Wilshire Blvd. adjacent to Beverly Hills, California.

Nu Image Films: uses Millennium Ent. websiteNu Image entry at Wikipedia

Millennium Entertainment logo
Millennium Entertainment [est. 1996]
Nu Image formed the distribution subsidiary Millennium Entertainment in 1996. In March 2013, Millennium set up a deal to distribute home video for films that Gravitas Ventures distributes on VoD, and vice versa. In April 2013, Nu Image announced that Millennium Entertainment was officially for sale. In February 2017, Beijing-based billionaire Jiantong 'Tony' Xia's holding company The Recon Group purchased 51 percent of Millennium Films for $100M. Millennium now has a library of 665 titles.

Millennium Films: official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Millennium Media Services / Millennium Media Solutions [est. 2009]
Millennium Media Solutions was founded in March 2009 as a joint venture of Sony DADC and First Look Studios (which was later
absorbed by Millennium) for the production of physical DVDs & CDs; based in Los Angeles, California. Contract supplier to Best Buy
& other major retailers; clients include A&E, Acorn Media, Bandai, Carsey-Werner, Gaiam, NBC-Universal & WEtv


Picturehouse [2005-2008; reopened 1/2013]
Founded in 2005 as a joint venture of H.B.O. & Warner Bros./New Line Cinema, effectively a merger of H.B.O. subsidiary Newmarket Films [est. 1994] and New Line subsidiary Fine Line Features [est. 1972]. Warner Bros. announced the closing of Picturehouse in May 2008. In January 2013, Picturehouse co-founder Bob Berney acquired the trademark and logo from Warners, and established offices in Bronxville, near Yonkers in New York; company already signed an exclusive, multiyear output deal with Netflix; Berney is CEO, his wife Jeanne Berney is president.

Picturehouse [2005-2008; relaunched 1/2013]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia


Relativity  Media
Founded in 2005 by Ryan Kavanaugh; based in West Hollywood, California; purchased Rogue Pictures from
Universal in December 2008; has multi-picture deals with Universal, Sony & LionsGate; purchased failing
Overture Films from Liberty/Starz in mid-2010. In February 2011, Relativity extended its contract with
Canadian distributor Alliance Films thru 2015.

earlier Relativity Media logo       current Relativity Media logo
official Relativity Media websiteRelativity Media entry at Wikipedia

Rogue  Pictures  specialty distribution
Founded in 2004 as a division of Focus Features to produce & distribute low-budget action/horror films;
purchased in December 2008 from Universal, with Universal/Focus kept as distributor of the library.

Rogue Pictures div. of Relativity Media
Rogue Pictures official websiteRogue Pictures entry at Wikipedia

Overture  Films
Relativity purchased most of Overture Films from Liberty/Starz in mid-2010, moving 45 employees
to West Hollywood. The Overture brand will continue for a time, then be merged into Relativity & Rogue.

Overture Films [est. 2006] div. of Relativity Media
Overture Films [est. 2006] official websiteOverture Films entry at Wikipedia

Virgin  Produced
Virgin Produced is a Hollywood-based movie & TV production company founded in 2010,
a joint venture of Richard Branson's mega-conglomerate and Relativity Media's Rogue Pictures.

Virgin Produced [est. 2006] div. of Richard Branson's Virgin conglomerate
Virgin Produced [est. 2010] official websiteVirgin Group corporate entry at Wikipedia


Troma  Entertainment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troma_Entertainment


Wagner / Cuban  Companies
The Wagner/Cuban Companies are vertically-integrated media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner & Mark
Cuban that include Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures in New York City (and genre division Magnet
Films), 2929 Productions in Dallas, Texas, and a major stake in Dallas-based high definition cable networks
HDNet and HDNet Movies. {Mark Cuban is also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks N.B.A. basketball team.}

Landmark Theatres chain [est. 1974]       Magnolia Pictures [est. 2001]       2929 Productions       HDNet & HDNet Movies

Landmark Theatres [est. 1974]: official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Magnolia Pictures [est. 2001]: official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Magnet Releasing [est. ??]: official website • no separate entry at Wikipedia
2929 Productions: official websiteentry at Wikipedia
HDNet official websiteHDNet entry at WikipediaHDNet Movies official website


The  Weinstein  Company
Brothers Harvey & Bob Weinstein founded Miramax Films in 1979, and sold it to Walt Disney Pictures in 1993, remaining to run
the division until September 2005; they then founded The Weinstein Company and released two films that year.
Weinstein launched the video-on-demand label Radius-TWC in February 2012.

The Weinstein Co. logo
Weinstein Co. official websiteWeinstein Co. entry at Wikipedia

Dimension Films
Founded in 1993 as a division within Miramax Films for Bob Weinstein's use in releasing genre films;
taken along when the Weinstein brothers left Disney/Miramax in 2005.

Dimension Films logo
redirects to the main Weinstein Co. websiteDimension Films entry at Wikipedia

Radius TWC
Boutique distributor and video-on-demand label launched in February 2012.

logo for Radius-TWC boutique distributor [est. 2012]
Radius-TWC placeholder website • no entry at Wikipedia

Starz Media
In January 2011, The Weinstein Co. purchased a 25% stake in John Malone’s Starz Media
that includes DVD distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment.



Historic  Movie  Studios

pioneer movie studios in Ft. Lee, New Jersey


American  International  Pictures
Founded in 1954 by James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff as American Releasing Corp.; renamed American International Pictures in 1956; known for making low-budget features aimed at teens, horror fare by Bert I. Gordon & Roger Corman, and 'biker' movies; attempted bigger-budget films but failed, and A.I.P. was merged in 1979 into Filmways, which was bought by Orion in 1982; Sam Arkoff formed Arkoff International Pictures {same initials} in 1980, but produced only a handful of films before his death in 2001.

color screenshot of American International Pictures capitol logo          American International Pictures capitol logo          American International Pictures big red 'A' logo
American Intl. Pictures entry at Wikipedia

Announced 5/2013: Sam's son Lou Arkoff and producers Jeff Katz & Hal Sadoff have teamed up to produce a series of at least ten low-budget films based on the old A.I.P. library, with filming to begin in Fall 2013. The gimmick is that the remakes will be produced as a sequential group, and will constitute a 'universe', with characters appearing in each others's films; the ten titles are: “The Brain Eaters”, “Cool & The Crazy”, “The Day The World Ended”, “Girls In Prison”, “Runaway Daughters”, “She Creature”, “Teenage Caveman”, “The Undead”, “Viking Women & The Sea Serpent”, and “War of The Colossal Beast”.



American  Mutoscope  &  Biograph  Co.
William Kennedy Dickson left Edison in April 1895 and joined with businessman Elias Koopman and inventors Herman Casler & Henry Marvin to found the American Mutoscope Company in New Jersey in December 1895 to market nickelodeon machines. In the summer of 1896, they released the Biograph projector which delivered image quality superior to Edison’s Vitascope equipment. The company changed its name to American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in 1899 (shortened to Biograph Company in 1909) Mutoscope joined Edison in forming the Motion Picture Patents Co. monopoly in December 1908. Film pioneer D.W. Griffith [1875-1948] joined Biograph in 1908, and while filming "Ramona" on location in California, discovered the farming community of Hollywood and quickly made the first film there, "In Old California" [1910]. Biograph had been operating a film studio in New York City since 1903 at a converted brownstone mansion (11 East 14th Street, just west of Union Square in Manhattan); they opened a studio on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles in 1911, and moved into a new facility on 175th Street in the Bronx in 1913.

Griffith left in 1913 in a dispute over budgets and credits, taking his crew and actors with him; the 'Edison Trust' was dissolved by court order in October 1915, and Biograph went into decline, re-releasing old films and renting the studios to other producers. In 1928, C.F.I. (later Republic) bought the studio property, which was active until burning down in 1980. A new company with the same name was incorporated in California in 1990, its film & video product based on or related to the historic (public domain) Biograph film library.

American Mutoscope & Biograph entry at Wikipedia
Projection Box (U.K.) fansite

logo of the modern Biograph Company
Biograph Motion Pictures & Entertainment [est. 1990]

"D.W. Griffith and The Biograph Company" [1985] by Cooper C. Graham
Scarecrow Press 9x6 pb [1/85] out of print/used
author's official website

Magic Lantern's D.W. Griffith [1875-1948] Page


American Vitagraph [1897-1925]
A New York City-based movie studio and distributor founded by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith in 1897; company names included American Vitagraph, Vitagraph Company of America, and Vitagraph Studios. Their major stars included Florence Turner (the 'Vitagraph Girl'), Maurice Costello & John Bunny. The company suffered when World War I closed their international markets, and comedy star Larry Semon's lavish films eventually drained capital. Warner Bros. bought the company in 1925.

Vitagraph entry at Wikipedia
Vitagraph Studios fanpage

History of The Vitagraph Company  
"The Big V: A History of The Vitagraph Company" [1976]
by Anthony Slide

Scarecrow Press 'new & revised' 8¾x5½ hardcover [9/87] for $59.50


logo for Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures Corporation [1919-36]
Weiss Brothers' Artclass Pictures Corporation
active circa 1919 thru circa 1936
http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/companies/W/weissBrosArtclass.html
http://www.imdb.com/company/co0128383/
http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/collections/weiss-brothers-collection

"Weiss-O-Rama: 6-Hour Comedy Collection" DVD Box Set [2007]
Weiss-O-Rama: 6-Hour Comedy Collection DVD box set   V.C.I. Ent. b&w silent DVD [8/2007] 2 disks for $24.99
In the late 1920s, low-budget independent producers the Weiss Brothers switched from westerns & serials to the two-reeler silent comedy business. DVD set contains 30+ short comedy films in new, sparkling transfers from the original 35mm camera negatives at the U.C.L.A. Archives; featuring Jimmy Aubrey [1887-1983]; George Chapman; legendary circus clown Edwin 'Poodles' Hanneford [1891-1967]; Earl 'Hairbreadth Harry' McCarthy [1906-1933]; Margery Meadows; Snub Pollard; and cross-eyed Ben Turpin [1869-1940]; bonus features include commentaries by Richard M. Roberts, piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli & David B. Drazin, and two non-comedy Weiss Brothers shorts


Astoria Studios in Queens, New York City
Built in 1920 by Adolph Zukor's Paramount Pictures in Astoria, Queens, New York; operated from World War II as the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictorial Center, until declared surplus in 1972; designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978; New York City asked real estate developer George S. Kaufman to restore the property in 1980, and groundbreaking for the $50 million expansion occured December 1983.
official Kaufman Astoria Studios website
Kaufman Astoria Studios entry at Wikipedia
The Museum of The Moving Image [est. 1977, opened 1988] at Kaufman Astoria Studios


Balboa Studios in Long Beach, California  [1913-23]
Established in 1913 as Balboa Amusement Producing Company; also known as Balboa Studios & Balboa Feature
Films. Comprised of eight acres in Downtown Long Beach, with an 11-acre backlot in nearby Signal Hill. Featured talent
included Jackie Saunders, Ruth Roland, Henry King, Lewis Cody, actor-director William Desmond Taylor, and
'Baby Marie' Osborne. The company shut down in 1923 and was razed for housing development in 1925.

history article at LBIFF • no entry at Wikipedia

Balboa Films History & Filmography book by Jean-Jacques Jura & Rodney Bardin  "Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of The Silent Film Studio" [1999]
by Jean-Jacques Jura & Rodney Norman Bardin II

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [7/2007] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 10¼x7½ library hardcover [1999] for $65.00


screen shot of company logo from Betzwood Film Company [1912-23] silent film
Betzwood Film Company / Lubin Studios in Pennsylvania  [1912-23]
The Betzwood Film Archive was founded by Professor Emeritus Joe Eckhardt at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
{near Norristown}; the Betzwood Film Archive Website was launched in August 2012. Public events include a Betzwood Film Festival in May.
archive websiteBetzwood entry at Wikipedia
Lubin Film Studios [1902-16] entry at WikipediaLubin Mfrng. Company credits {almost 2,000 titles!) at IMDb


Cannon Films  [1967-93]
Cannon Films was founded in October 1967 by Dennis Friedland & Chris Dewey; initial success was followed by failing revenues, and in 1979 they sold Cannon to Israeli cousins Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus for $500,000. Golan & Globus produced low-budget action fare, as well as musical exploitation and art films. in 1986, they made a record 43 feature films, but many failed at the box office, and was preparing to file bankruptcy. But Italian con-man Giancarlo Parretti's Pathé Communications 'saved' Cannon via a leveraged buyout backed by Credit Lyonnais. Internal friction led Golan to leave the company in 1989; he took over the Pathé subsidiary 21st Century Film Corp.
As part of the Pathé takeover of foundering M.G.M./U.A. in 1990, the Cannon film library was merged into M.G.M.'s; Cannon's production division was spun off, headed by Christopher Pearce from 1991-94. Parretti defaulted on loans and was eventually indicted on fraud & perjury charges. Cannon released its last films in 1993 and shut down. Globus & Pearce joined Golan at 21st Century, which folded in 1996.

Cannon Films / Cannon Group [1967-93] logo on black
The Cannon Group, Inc. entry at Wikipedia

21st  Century  Film  Corp.  [1971-96]
21st Century Film Corp. entry at Wikipedia

Cannon Films {and 21st Century} Archive fansite in U.K. [est. 2007]
PR's Cannon Films Appreciation Society [est. 2002] fansite in Maryland

"Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films" [status unclear 1/2013]
Announced 12/2011: Drafthouse Films of Texas acquired the U.S. rights to the upcoming documentary film by
Mark Hartley, which follows Israeli-born cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and their Cannon Films
independent studio. Cannon made over 120 exploitation films between 1979 and 1989, and dubbed itself
'the seventh Hollywood major' • latest info at IMDb


Capital Studios  {Sunset-Gower}
In November 2008, the Sunset Gower Studios and next-door Sunset Bronson Studios were combined and renamed the Capital Studios, by new owners Miami-based Hudson Capital LLC. The Sunset Gower facility was originally Columbia Pictures (bought the buildings in 1925), and has 12 soundstages on 16 acres. Columbia moved to Burbank when they formed the joint-venture The Burbank Studios in 1972 with Warner Bros., who took over both the Gower studio and the 'Columbia Ranch' backlot in Burbank. The Gower studio was mostly inactive until Pick Vanoff Co. bought it and renamed it Sunset Gower Studios in 1977. The 12-acre Sunset Bronson facility includes the original office building of Warner Bros. Pictures and is today home to KTLA-TV Channel 5. Future plans include a six-story post-production office building for Technicolor.


Capital Studios official website
present Sunset Gower Studios website
Sunset Bronson placeholder site


Culver  Studios
Original 14-acre Ince Studios property built in Culver City, California by Thomas Ince in 1918; became DeMille Studios in 1925; became R.K.O. in 1928, R.K.O. Pathé in 1930; the '40-Acres Backlot' was built circa 1931; became David O. Selznick / Selznick International in 1935; became Desilu in 1956; sold to Laird International in 1977, who turned the backlot into an industrial park; named Culver Studios since 1970.

The Culver Studios official website

Thomas Ince Studios [est. 1918] in Culver City, California
Ince-R.K.O.-Selznick-Desilu Studios history page on Culver City website

Culver City '40 Acres' Backlot [1931-1976]
'40 Acres' fansite at RetroWeb
40-Acres backlot aerial photo & article [ 3/2009] at Drexfiles blog

Movie Studios of Culver City book by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker  
"Movie Studios of Culver City (Images of America)" [2011]
by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [3/2011] for $14.95


Essanay  Studios [1907-16]
Founded in 1907 as Essanay Film Manufacturing Co, a name based on the initials of owners George K. Spoor and actor-director Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson [1880-1971]; joined Thomas Alva Edison in forming the Motion Picture Patents Co. monopoly in December 1908; opened Essanay West Studios in Niles, California in 1912; signed rising star Charlie Chaplin in December 1914, but refused Chaplin's salary demands when the contract ended in December 1915; the 'Edison Trust' was dissolved by court order in October 1915; Essanay quickly collapsed and closed its doors in February 1916 – after producing 1,400 titles.

b&w Essanay Indian-head logo
Essanay Studios entry at Wikipedia
Niles [CA] Essanay Silent Film Museum [est. 1998]
{unrelated} modern Essanay Films [est. 1967] of San Francisco, CA

Broncho Billy & Essanay  
"Broncho Billy & The Essanay Film Company" [2003]
by David Kiehn

Farwell 10x7 hardcover [6/2003] for $32.50

'Broncho Billy' Anderson Page at 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore

Chaplin's Essanay Comedies  "Chaplin's Essanay Comedies" [1999]
Volume 1: Image Ent. b&w DVD [9/99] for $21.99
Volume 2: Image Ent. b&w DVD [9/99] for $21.99
Volume 3: Image Ent. b&w DVD [9/99] for $21.99

Magic Lantern's Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977] Page


Famous  Players - Lasky
Founded in 1916 as Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in a three-way merger engineered by Adolph Zukor: the Famous Players Film Co. was founded in 1912 by Zukor & the Frohman brothers; the Feature Play Co. was a joint venture formed in 1913 by Jesse L. Lasky, Samuel Goldwyn & Cecil B. DeMille; and Paramount Pictures was a successful film distributor based in Utah; built a movie studio in 1920 in Astoria, Queens, New York that is today known as Kaufman Astoria Studios (above); purchased several theater chains, constructed a new Paramount Studio facility in Hollywood [1927], and purchased 50% interest in fledgeling Columbia Broadcasting System [1928], which in combination with The Great Depression forced the company into bankruptcy in 1932, and Zukor was replaced. (Paramount emerged from bankruptcy in 1935.)
Famous Players-Lasky entry at Wikipedia


Filmways
Founded in 1960 by producer Martin Ransohoff, who left in 1972; purchased several TV production and TV syndication companies, and the independent movie studio American International Pictures (in 1979); merged into Orion Pictures in 1982, which was sold to MGM in 1998.
Filmways entry at Wikipedia


First  National  Pictures


Fleischer  Animation  Studios  [1921-1942]
Magic Lantern's Fleischer Studios Page
Fleischer Studios entry at Wikipedia

producers of the Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman & Inkwell / Koko the Clown cartoons

Fleischer  
"The Fleischer Story" [1976]
by Leslie Cabarga

Da Capo Press 11x8½ pb [5/88] for $14.00
Crown hardcover [8/76] out of print/used


The  Samuel  Goldwyn  Company
Samuel Goldwyn [1882-1974] ran his company for 30 years on the studio lot of Pickford-Fairbanks in Hollywood, renamed United Artists, eventually gaining ownership of the facility; his high-class, often-literary films were released by U.A and later by R.K.O.; Warner Bros. purchased the property in 1980; son Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. founded an independent company in 1979 to produce new films & TV shows while purchasing the rights to his father's film library; the company went public in 1991; broadcaster Metromedia purchased the company, then was sold in 1996 to M.G.M., which retains the film library. Sam Goldwyn, Jr. then founded Samuel Goldwyn Films in 1999, which produces or distributes new independent & foreign films.

Samuel Goldwyn Company logo          Samuel Goldwyn Films modern logo
Samuel Goldwyn Company entry at Wikipedia
Samuel Goldwyn Studios entry at Wikipedia
Samuel Goldwyn Films [est. 1999] official website
Samuel Goldwyn Films entry at Wikipedia

I.D.P.: Independent Distribution Partners [est.2000]
North American distribution joint venture between CanWest Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films &
Stratosphere Releasing; based in New York City & run by Godlwyn's Michael Silberman

Goldwyn biography by A. Scott Berg  
"Goldwyn: A Biography" [1989]
by A. Scott Berg

Riverhead Trade 9x6 pb [10/98] for $10.88
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [3/89] out of print/many used
Goldwyn The Man & His Movies 2001 docufilm narrated by Dustin Hoffman  "Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies" [Columbia/TriStar Oct 2001]
Two-hour documentary film about movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn based on the biography by A. Scott Berg. Co-directed by Mark A. Catalena; co-written & co-directed by Peter Jones; narrated by Dustin Hoffman; featuring Peggy Elliott (Goldwyn), Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. & Tony Goldwyn
Sony Pictures color DVD [10/2001] out of prodn/used
Sony Pictures color VHS [10/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary book by Valeria Belletti  "Adventures of A Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters From Inside The Studios of The 1920s" [2006] by Valeria Belletti, Edited by Cari Beauchamp, Foreword by Sam Goldwyn, Jr.
Belletti was secretary to Sam Goldwyn in Hollywood, and in spare moments wrote chatty letters to a friend Back East
Univ CA Press 8¼x5½ pb [5/2006] for $24.95
Univ CA Press hardcover [5/2006] out of print/used


Hammer  Films  of U.K.
Hammer Films was established in 1934, and became famous for its low-budget horror pictures that nonetheless starred top British actors and had seemingly lavish sets. The company went into decline in the 1960s and 1970s, and halted production by 1980. Hammer and its film library have been sold several times, with announcements of coming production plans, but has essentially been dormant for thirty years.

A Hammer Film Production screenshot
official Hammer Films website
Hammer Films entry at Wikipedia
DLR's 'Online Dictionary of Hammer Horror' fansite [est. 2005]
"The Horror of Hammer" [2001]
http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Hammer-Cushing/dp/B00005KH28/

Hammer Heritage of Horror documentary  "Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror" TV movie [BBC-TV 1994]
99-minute documentary study of the history of Hammer Films and its classic horror film product; featuring interviews with Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Joe Dantes, Martine Beswick, Freddie Francis, Val Guest & Ray Harryhausen; also behind-the-scenes home movies and non-stop shock scenes from over 40 classic films – "the definitive study of one of the greatest names in horror!"
Co-produced, written & directed by Ted Newsom; narrated by Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing • full credits at IMDb
Image Ent. color DVD [10/2004] for $35.23
Starz / Anchor Bay color VHS [3/99] for $6.98

The Hammer {Studios} Story book by Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes  "The Hammer Story: The Authorized History of Hammer Films" [2006]
by Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes, Foreword by Christopher Lee

Titan Books 11½x9½ pb [9/2007] for $23.10
Titan Books hardcover [6/2006] out of print/used
Unspeakable Horror / History of Hammer Films book by Sinclair McKay  
"A Thing of Unspeakable Horror: The History of Hammer Films" [2007]
by Sinclair McKay

Aurum Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [1/2007] out of print/used
Fanex Files Hammer Films documentary  "Fanex Files: Hammer Films" documentary video [Feb 2008]
95-minute documentary for video release; "fascinating interviews with cast & crew culled from twenty years of the FANEX Film Convention archives, this film is a horror fan's delight!" Co-produced & co-written by Jeff Herberger & A. Susan Svehla; directed by A. Susan Svehla; featuring appearances by Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson, Ingrid Pitt, James Bernard, Val Guest, Jimmy Sangster, Freddie Francis, Caroline Munro, Virginia Wetherall, Michael Ripper, Barbara Shelley • credits at IMDb
Alpha Video color DVD [7/2009] for $8.63
The Visual Story of Hammer Films book by Wayne Kinsey  
"Hammer Films: A Life In Pictures - The Visual Story of Hammer Films" [2009]
by Wayne Kinsey

Tomahawk Press 10½x7½ hardcover [2/2009] for $34.64
Art of Hammer Official Poster Collection book by Marcus Hearn  "The Art of Hammer: The Official Poster Collection From The Archive of Hammer Films" [2010] by Marcus Hearn
Titan Books hardcover [11/2010] out of print/used

more on Magic Lantern's Movie Posters & Books Page


The Ince Studios

Magic Lantern's Thomas H. Ince [1882-1924] Page

Inceville Studios in Santa Ynez Canyon, looking west circa 1918 (where the end of Sunset Blvd. is today)
Inceville Studios [est. 1911]
Ince leased an 18,000-acre ranch north of Santa Monica, California (and south of Malibu), and in 1912 built
many false-front sets to use in his films. The area was called Santa Ynez Canyon, and is now part of the
Pacific Palisades neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles.

article on Inceville (8/2007) in the Palisades Post newspaper

the colonnade main entrance of Triangle Studios at 10202 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, California (circa 1930)
Triangle Studios [est. 1915] in Culver City, California
Founded in 1915 by Harry and Roy Aitken, with partners D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, and Mack Sennett. (Whether the name is based on the three producer partners or on the triangular shape of the property is unclear.) Stars on contract included Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Successful at first, the studio was failing in 1917, and sold to Sam Goldwyn in 1918. Goldwyn was forced out, the company merged with Marcus Loew's Metro Pictures [circa 1922], and then was taken over by Louis B. Mayer in 1924 and renamed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. M.G.M. went thru a series of sales in the 1970s & 1980s – the props and equipment were auctioned off in 1970, and lots 2-6 were sold for redevelopment. Lorimar bought the main lot in 1986 and M.G.M. moved off the property. Sony Pictures bought the property in 1989.
Triangle Films entry at Wikipedia
Ince-Triangle-M.G.M.-Sony Studios history page on Culver City website
IMDb credits for Harry E. Aitken [1877-1956] {Roy Aitken [1882-1976] not listed}

"Dreams For Sale: The Rise & Fall of The Triangle Film Corporation" [1971]
by Kalton C. Lahue
A.S. Barnes hardcover [1971] out of print/used

Aitken Brothers' Hollywood Odyssey book by Al P. Nelson   "A Silent Siren Song: The Aitken Brothers' Hollywood Odyssey,
1905-1926" [2000]
by Al P. Nelson & Mel R. Jones

Cooper Square Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [11/2000] out of print/many used
Cooper Square Press pb [11/2000] out of print/scarce

color postcard of Ince Studios at 9336 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, California (circa 1920)
Thomas Ince Studios [est. 1918] in Culver City, California
Original 14-acre property built by Ince in 1918; taken over by R.K.O. Pathé, circa 1926; the '40-Acres Backlot' was built circa 1931; later became DeMille Studios, Selznick International, Desilu [1956], and named Culver Studios since 1970. The backlot was sold in 1976 and is now an industrial park.
The Culver Studios official website
Ince-R.K.O.-Selznick-Desilu Studios history page on Culver City website
'40 Acres' Backlot [1931-1976] fansite at RetroWeb
40-Acres backlot aerial photo & article [ 3/2009] at Drexfiles blog

Movie Studios of Culver City book by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker  
"Movie Studios of Culver City (Images of America)" [2011]
by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [3/2011] for $14.95


Keystone  Studios 1912-35]
Keystone Studios was founded in Edendale {today's East Hollywood} in August 1912 by Adam Kessel, Charles Bauman, and Mack Sennett; the company was originally a production subsidiary of the New York Motion Picture Company. Keystone films were distributed by Mutual Film Corp. until the formation in 1915 of Triangle Studios (which later became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, now Sony/Columbia) by Harry & Roy Aitken, with producer partners D.W. Griffith, Thomas Ince, and Mack Sennett. Triangle distributed until 1917, when Sennett left Keystone to form his own company at Paramount; Keystone finally closed in bankruptcy in 1935.

Keystone Studios entry at Wikipedia
search Keystone Cops videos & DVDs at Amazon

Magic Lantern's Mack Sennett [1880-1960] Page

Kops & Custards / Keystone Films book by Kalton C. Lahue & Terry Brewer  "Kops and Custards: The Legend of Keystone Films" [1968]
by Kalton C. Lahue & Terry Brewer

Univ OK Press pb [1/68] out of print/used
Univ OK Press hardcover [6/77] out of print/used
Mack Sennett's Fun Factory book by Brent E. Walker  "Mack Sennett's Fun Factory: A History & Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone & Mack Sennett Comedies, With Biographies of Players & Personnel" [2009]
by Brent E. Walker

McFarland & Co. 11x8½x1.5 inches {3.8 pounds!} hardcover [12/2009] for $100.00


Liberty  Pictures
Liberty merged in 1935 with Monogram Pictures and Mascot Pictures to form Republic Pictures.


Mascot  Pictures  Corp.  [1926-35]
Mascot merged in 1935 with Monogram Pictures and Liberty Pictures to form Republic Pictures.

logo of Mascot Pictures from a cowboy serial
Mascot Pictures entry at Wikipedia

History of Mascot Pictures by Jon Tuska  
"The Vanishing Legion: A History of Mascot Pictures,
1927-1935" [1982] by Jon Tuska

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/99] for $30.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [4/82] for $32.50


Monogram  Pictures  /  Allied  Artists
Founded in 1931 as Monogram Pictures Corp. to make low-budget features; Monogram merged in 1935 with Mascot Pictures and Liberty Pictures to form Republic Pictures, but pulled out and re-incorporated as Monogram in 1937; making serials, especially Westerns, and 17 Charlie Chan features, kept the studio profitable; founded subsidiary Allied Artists Pictures in 1946 to make higher-budget features; Monogram became known as Allied Artists in 1953; financial problems led to bankruptcy in 1979; Lorimar TV purchased Allied Artists in 1980; when Warner Bros. took over Lorimar, the Allied Artists library was absorbed into Warner's library.

Monogram Pictures logo
Monogram Pictures entry at Wikipedia
CSL's Monogram Pictures fansite
history of Monogram's Ranch [1936-62] in Newhall, CA

Allied Artists entry at Wikipedia
Allied Artists Intl. company [reborn 1999] website

Monogram Pictures Checklist book by Ted Okuda  
"The Monogram Checklist: The Films of Monogram Pictures
Corporation, 1931-1952" [1987]
by Ted Okuda

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [10/99] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [8/87] out of print/used
Allied Artists Pictures Checklist book by Len D. Martin  "The Allied Artists Checklist: The Feature Films & Short Subjects of Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, 1947-1978" [1993]
by Len D. Martin

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [11/93] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [11/93] for $45.00


Mutual  Film  Corp.
Founded as distributor Western Film Exchange in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1906; acquired Thanhouser Studios in 1912; merged with Majestic Motion Picture Co. and Reliance Motion Picture Co. in 1915 as Mutual Film Corp.; Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin and built him a studio in Hollywood and gave him full artistic freedom; by 1919, Chaplin moved on and Mutual ceased film production; the library was eventually absorbed by R.K.O.
Mutual Film Corp. entry at Wikipedia


Nestor  Studios
Nestor Studios entry at Wikipedia


New World Communications  [1970-97]
Founded as New World Pictures by B-movie producer Roger Corman in 1970; sold in 1983 to new owners who went public; name changed to New World Entertainment in 1987; financially troubled company rescued by sale to financier Ronald Perelman in 1990; sold off assets, purchased TV stations, name changed to New World Communications in 1993; News Corp. completed purchase of the company in January 1997, and production was shut down and the stations merged into the Fox network.



Orion  Pictures  [1978-98]


Pathé  Brothers  aka  Société Pathé Frères
Founded 28 September 1896 in Paris, France by Charles Pathé, with his brothers Émile, Théophile & Jacques

Charles Pathé [1863-1957]: IMDb listingWikipedia

company websitecompany entry at Wikipedia

Red Rooster Scare Making Cinema American book by Richard Abel   "The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910" [1999]
by Richard Abel

During the era of the nickelodeon theater, the French company Pathé dominated film distribution in America & Europe. But then American filmmakers fought back ...
Univ CA Press 8¾x6 pb [3/99] for $32.95
Univ CA Press 9¼x6 hardcover [3/99] for $55.00


Republic  Pictures  Corp. [1935-2005]
Formed in 1935 by the merger of Monogram Pictures (who pulled out in 1937), Mascot Pictures & Liberty Pictures; successful at producing serials, especially Westerns, thru 1955 at their studio in Studio City, California; converted to TV distribution in 1951 and TV production in 1952; ended feature & TV production in 1958, halted distribution in 1959, and survived as a holding company; sold the studio property to C.B.S. Television in 1967; bought circa 1990 by Spelling Entertainment (partly-owned by Paramount); when Viacom split in 2005, Republic's television library went to C.B.S. and the theatrical library went to Paramount; the company is today effectively dormant.

color Republic Pictures eagle logo          b&w Republic Pictures serials logo
Republic Pictures entry at Wikipedia

Valley of The Cliffhangers & Supplement books by Jack Mathis  "Valley of The Cliffhangers" [1975] by Jack Mathis
self-publd hardcover [1975] out of print/used
"Valley of The Cliffhangers - Supplement" [1995]
self-publd hardcover [1995] out of print/used
together include synopses of all 849 episodes of the 66 movie serials produced by Republic Pictures during its existence from 1935 to 1955
Republic Chapterplays Filmography book by R.M. Hayes  "The Republic Chapterplays: A Complete Filmography of The Serials Released By Republic Pictures Corporation, 1934-1955" [1992] by R.M. Hayes
McFarland & Co. 8½x5½ pb [10/2000] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 8¾x5¾ hardcover [10/92] out of print/used

see also Magic Lantern's Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages

Republic Pictures Checklist book by Len D. Martin  "The Republic Pictures Checklist: Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects & Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935-1959"
[1998] by Len D. Martin

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [5/2006] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 9x6½ hardcover [7/98] out of print/used
Lone Pine in the Movies book  "Lone Pine In The Movies: Celebrating Republic's 75th Anniversary"
[2010] by Richard W. Bann, Ed Hulse, Chris Langley & Sam Sherman

Riverwood Press 10x8 pb [9/2010] for $11.95
Various issues of 10x8" paperbacks under the title "Lone Pine In The Movies" began appearing in 2010; they are not described as such, but the xx issues so far are a lot like a magazine. Because the content covers other films besides the Westerns that were made around Lone Pine, the links were moved to the Magic Lantern Movie Locations Page.


Revolution  Studios  [2000-2007]
Founded in 2000 by former studio head Joe Roth and others; the distribution deal with
'strategic partner' Sony Pictures expired in October 2007.

Joe Roth's Revolution Studios in Santa Monica, CA
Revolution Studios official website
Revolution Studios entry at Wikipedia


R.K.O.  Radio  Pictures
Founded in 1928 by merging the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater circuit and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America production company, under the control of David Sarnoff's Radio Corporation of America; purchased Pathé Pictures in 1930; Howard Hughes purchased control in 1948, managed the studio badly, and sold to General Tire & Rubber in 1955; production ceased in 1957; company revived in 1983; currently a small holding company, R.K.O. Pictures LLC.

R.K.O. Pictures entry at Wikipedia
official R.K.O. Pictures LLC website

Culver City '40 Acres' Backlot [1931-1976]
'40 Acres' fansite at RetroWeb
40-Acres backlot aerial photo & article [ 3/2009] at Drexfiles blog

The R.K.O. Story book by Richard B. Jewell   "The R.K.O. Story: The Complete Studio History, With All of The 1,051 Films Described & Illustrated" [1982]
by Richard B. Jewell, with Vernon Harbin

Random House/Crown hardcover [7/85] out of print/many used
Octopus Books hardcover [1982] out of print/used
R.K.O. Pictures studio biography  "R.K.O.: The Biggest Little Major of Them All" [1984]
by Betty Lasky

Roundtable 8¾x6 pb [11/89] out of print/used
Prentice Hall hardcover [9/84] out of print/used
R.K.O. Features filmography book by James L. Neibaur  "The R.K.O. Features: A Complete Filmography of The Feature Films Released or Produced By R.K.O. Radio, 1929-1960" [1994]
by James L. Neibaur

McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [2/2005] for $39.95
McFarland & Co. 9¼x6 hardcover [8/94] out of print/used


Hal  Roach  Studios [1914-63]
in Culver City, California
Founded in 1919 with partner Harold Lloyd; bought the existing Ince Studio property [built 1914]; very successful
with silent and sound comedy shorts, with stars Charley Chase, Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy & Our Gang;
leased the property to the U.S. Army during World War II {see Magic Lantern's F.M.P.U. Page); converted to TV
production in 1948; sold to Hal Roach Jr. in 1955; sold to creditors in 1962 and developed as an industrial park.

Hal Roach [1892-1992] Page
Charley Chase [1893-1940] Page
Harry Langdon [1884-1944] Page
Laurel & Hardy Page
Little Rascals / Our Gang Page
Harold Lloyd [1893-1971] Page
Thelma Todd [1906-35] Page
Magic Lantern's First Motion Picture Unit {F.M.P.U.} Page

History of Hal Roach Studios  
"A History of The Hal Roach Studios" [2005]
by Richard Lewis Ward

S.I.U. Press 9x6 pb [8/2006] for $16.88
S.I.U. Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2005] out of print/used
Movie Studios of Culver City book by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker  
"Movie Studios of Culver City (Images of America)" [2011]  
by Julie Lugo Cerra & Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [3/2011] for $14.95


Selznick  International  Pictures [1935-40]
Selznick International entry at Wikipedia
click here for screen shot of Selznick International's color opening credit logo in a new window

David O. Selznick [1902-65]
explore videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

"David O. Selznick's Hollywood" [1980] by Ronald Haver
Random House hardcover [6/87] out of print/used
Knopf hardcover [10/80] for $85.00

Selznick's Vision GWTW book by Alan David Vertrees   "Selznick's Vision: Gone With The Wind and Hollywood Filmmaking" [1997]
by Alan David Vertrees

Univ TX Press 10x7 pb [10/97] for $30.00

Magic Lantern's "Gone With The Wind" 1939 Movie Page


Thanhouser  Film  Corp.  [1909-18]

Thanhouser Company logo
Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.
Thanhouser Company entry at Wikipedia
Thanhouser Film Corp. [1910-17] listing at IMDb

Thanhouser DVD Collection volume 1   "Thanhouser: A Study In Film" [2003]
Volume 1: Marengo Films b&w DVD [11/2003] for $9.99
'seven silent classics' including "Only In The Way" [1911]; "The Cry of The Children" [1912]; "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" [1912] starring James Cruze & Florence La Badie; "Petticoat Camp" [1912]; "The Evidence of The Film" [1913]; "A Dog's Love" [1914]; and "Their One Love" [1915]

http://www.amazon.com/Thanhouser-Films-Q-David-Bowers/dp/0810834553/


Todd-AO
"The Miracle of Todd-AO" [1956] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211128/
"The March of Todd-AO" [1959] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210830/



Foreign  Studio  Facilities
This section is for non-U.S. studios & companies operating today.

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Adelaide Studios [est. 2011] in Adelaide, South Australia
32-acre Fox Studios Australia [est. 1998]
Docklands Studios [est. 2004] in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hendon Studios [est. 1980] in Hendon, Adelaide, South Australia
Homebush Studios [circa 2000] in Sydney, Australia
Village Roadshow / Movie World Studios [est. 1991] in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Toronto [Canada] Film Studios

Mel's la Cité du Cinéma in Montreal

North Shore Studios/Mammoth Studios {formerly Lions Gate Studios}
of Vancouver, BC Canada {requires Flash}

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Constantin Film 'the German production giant' [est. 1950] headquartered in Munich/München, Germany

Magic Media Company {M.M.C.} studios [est. 1991] in Cologne/Köln, Germany

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Ramoji Film City [est. 1996; world's largest] near Hyderabad, India

flag of Italy

Cinecittà Holding of ItalyCinecittà Studios in RomeFilmitalia Distribution

flag of Mexico

Churubusco Studios Azteca in Mexico City

Fox's Baja Studios [est. 1996] in Mexico + Foxploration/Cinemágico theme park

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http://www.aucklandfilmstudios.com/
Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post Production in Wellington, New Zealand
Stonestreet Studios in Wellington, New Zealand

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Ealing Studios [est. 1931] in London, UK

studios at Elstree & Borehamwood, north of London, UK
general entry at Wikipedia
Elstree Film & Television Studios [est. 1925]

Leavesden Studios [est. 1995] now Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden northwest of London, UK
official studio websiteentry at Wikipedia

motion-capture studio facility The Imaginarium [est. 4/2011] in U.K., headed by Andy Serkis

Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey [1895-1961]

Pinewood Studios Group, U.K.
Shepperton Studios [est. 1931] outside London, UK
Teddington_Studios [est. 1931] outside London, UK
Pinewood Studios [est. 1936] outside London, UK
Pinewood also has studios in Toronto, Berlin, Malaysia, and the Dominican Republic
Announced 4/2013: Pinewood invested 40% in a joint venture to build Pinewood Atlanta Studios on 288 acres south of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Twickenham Film Studios [built in 1912] near London, UK
located just 25 miles from London and 20 miles from Heathrow Airport
Announced 2/2012: The studio property is for sale, possibly to land developers

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Kadokawa Herald Pictures [est. 1942] of Japan
Japanese-language websiteWikipedia

Shochiku Films [est. 1895] of Japan

Toho Company Ltd. [est. 1932] of Japan   Toho Company Ltd. official website
Toho Company entry at Wikipedia
Toho Kingdom fansite
Toho Studios History & Complete Filmography bo0ok by Stuart Galbraith  
"The Toho Studios Story: The History and Complete
Filmography" [2008] by Stuart Galbraith IV

Scarecrow Press 11x8¾ hardcover [5/2008] for $120.00

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Announced 4/2012: The new Chinawood Global Services Base in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin (outside of Beijing)
is touted as China’s largest filmed entertainment & media hub. Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Entertainment and the local
government are investing over $12.7 billion, including a new film financing fund, in an ambitious plan for a new facility
that will be dedicated to East-West co-productions.


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